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BSA Welcomes Bipartisan Amendment on Temporary Visa Programs for Skilled Workers

WASHINGTON, DC — May 21, 2013

BSA | The Software Alliance today welcomed an amendment adopted in the US Senate Judiciary Committee to improve immigration-reform legislation (S. 744) by ensuring that temporary visa programs protect American workers while enabling greater access to critically needed talent and skills from abroad.

“BSA applauds Senator Hatch, Senator Schumer and others in the Gang of Eight for striking a balance that will reform temporary visa programs in a way that creates American jobs and promotes economic growth,” said Matt Reid, BSA Senior Vice President of External Affairs. “BSA member companies employ huge numbers of American workers but continue to have thousands of unfilled positions that require advanced STEM degrees. Temporary visas are critical in helping to fill that gap. The amendment adopted today in the Judiciary Committee will protect US workers and encourage onshore growth while drawing highly skilled professionals we need from abroad.”

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